On the night of April 19, 2013, MBTA Transit Officer Dic Donohue took a bullet to his femoral artery during the chaotic gunfireĀ that erupted in Watertown, Mass. during the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. He almost bled out and suffered a long recovery.

But Donohue and his wife Kim tell a story of how support from the city of Boston — its athletes in particular — helped him through the pain.

The Donohues recounted how things like visits from former New England Patriot Tedy Bruschi, getting to wave the Boston Bruins banner before one of last season’s playoff games, and throwing out a first pitch at Fenway Park aided him in his healing journey.

Check out Dic Donohue’s story in the video above.